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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Washington State Receives $4.3M DOD Grant to Prepare for Downsizing

  • September 29, 2014
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Washington state will received a $4.3 million grant from DOD to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the military and the state’s defense industry, Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week. The grant, from the Office of Economic Adjustment, will help carry out a statewide strategy to minimize the impacts of military downsizing on regional businesses and communities. The plan, developed in collaboration with the Washington Military Alliance and the Department of Commerce, will: assess the extent of the military and defense contracting footprint in the state; create a strategy and support system to reduce the exposure of regional businesses that are overly reliant on defense spending …

Outlook for Hanscom AFB Appears Bright, Officials Say

  • September 29, 2014
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While the prospect of a future BRAC round makes community leaders neighboring Hanscom Air Force Base anxious, officials overall are confident that the Boston-area installation will survive the Pentagon’s next base-cutting exercise. One reason is the strength of the local workforce, which includes several thousand contractors at Lincoln Labs and MITRE. “The intellectual capital that is available around Hanscom base is not replicated anywhere else around the country,” said Sara Mattes, a former selectman from Lincoln …

Noise Not an Issue, Indian Head Facility Land Use Study Finds

  • September 28, 2014
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Noise from the Naval Support Facility Indian Head does not appear to be causing problems for the local community, according to the preliminary findings of a joint land use study (JLUS)…

Take Your Community to Work Day at Redstone Arsenal

  • September 24, 2014
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A community group dedicated to cultivating local leaders visited Redstone Arsenal last week to provide participants a greater understanding of the installation’s missions and its role in the economy of the Huntsville, Ala., region. “This community has a huge impact on the region and state,” Garrison Commander Col. Bill Marks told the class from Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. “The estimated total number of jobs either directly or indirectly related to Redstone is near 104,000 across the entire Tennessee Valley …

Joint Use Airport at Sheppard AFB Selected for Military Airport Program

  • September 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration has selected the joint use airport at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to participate in the 2014 Military Airport Program for an additional year, the agency announced earlier this month. The airfield at Sheppard also serves as Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, which participated in MAP for the past two years. The airport’s redesignation will allow it to complete the final phase of a terminal rehabilitation project, which will include the purchase and installation of two passenger loading bridges, and the demolition of the existing terminal building …

Military Families Enjoy Moderate Savings at Commissaries in Hampton Roads

  • September 23, 2014
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Military families and veterans shopping at a commissary in Hampton Roads, Va., save an average of 16.5 percent on their groceries compared to shopping at local retailers, according to a survey conducted by the Virginian-Pilot. The average savings differed, though, depending on what supermarket chain was used for comparison. Harris Teeter showed the biggest gap, costing 30.1 percent more for the basket of 30 randomly selected items. Walmart’s prices were only 11.4 percent more expensive than the commissary, and Kroger’s were 13.3 percent higher …

Lewis-McChord Could Lose Headquarters under Medical Command Reorganization Plan

  • September 23, 2014
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Western Regional Medical Command, which employs about 200 people at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., would close under an Army proposal intended to shrink overhead costs. The proposal, which has not yet been approved by the Army, would reduce the number of regional medical headquarters from five to four, reported the News Tribune. The Army Surgeon General’s office sent the proposal to employees at the installation’s Madigan Army Medical Center last week. It could be carried out as soon as 2016 …

Federal City Opened up to Surrounding New Orleans Neighborhood

  • September 23, 2014
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Much of the fence surrounding the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans is coming down three years after the installation closed, in an effort to open up the Federal City project to the public and create a new entry point to the site for vehicles. The public has had access to the project since the Navy shuttered the support activity, but the Algiers Development District, which is responsible for the 114-acre redevelopment, wanted to remove the fencing to give it a more inviting appearance, reported the Times-Picayune. Workers will remove 1,500 linear feet of heavy-duty chain link fencing. Workers previously had removed about 1,300 linear feet surrounding a tract purchased by Delgado Community College; some of that fencing will be used to separate the community college from military housing still inside Federal City.

Challenges Hinder Success of Joint Basing Implementation, GAO Finds

  • September 22, 2014
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DOD’s 12 joint bases have been fully operational since 2010, yet joint base officials reported variations in the degree to which they have consolidated 42 common installation support functions, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. None of the joint bases reported they had consolidated all support functions. Still, the 12 locations in aggregate had partially consolidated about 80 percent of the functional areas joint base commanders are responsible for, with the level of consolidation varying from 52 percent of the functions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to 90 percent or more at three joint bases, the agency found …

Comments to Downsizing Analysis Surge Past 100,000, Army Says

  • September 22, 2014
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Defense communities have submitted more than 108,000 comments to Army Environmental Command in response to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts expected from shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops by 2020. By the time officials finish counting all of the comments sent in response to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), the total likely will surpass 110,000 comments, spokeswoman Cathy Kropp told Defense Communities 360. Of the 108,411 comments the command has processed, 105,119 were either form letters or petition signatures …

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